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ESV Single Column Reference Bible premium Calfskin leather (Black) Leather Bound – February 28, 2007

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Published: 2007 Language: English Publisher: Crossway Books Material: Premium Calfskin Leather - Black ISBN-10: 1581348215 ISBN-13: 9781581348217 Size Length: 1784 pages Height: 10.3 in Width: 8.2 in Thickness: 2 in


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Product Details

  • Leather Bound: 1808 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Bibles; Box edition (February 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581348215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581348217
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.9 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,043,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By emerson on May 6, 2008
Format: Imitation Leather
Concerning the ESV Single Column Reference Bible (trutone binding)

ESV, Single Column Reference Bible (Black, TruTone, Black Letter)

When Crossway announced that they would be publishing the ESV Single Column Reference Bible (SCR), I was excited. For years I had been using a Zondervan Wide-Margin NIV Bible (bonded leather), and for years I have regretted not having bought the NASB version. A good thing about using the wide margin NIV for detailed study and analysis of bible passages is that the limitations of the NIV show up rather quickly. Too many of my notes say something to the effect of "the ESV/NASB/KJV/RSV says . . ."

In any event, I fully intended to purchase a premium leather version of the SCR and finally have in my possession that mythical beast - "the one Bible for life that you can use for all circumstances." Unfortunately the reviews of the SCR were a bit scary, especially those about bleed-through and thin pages. I didn't want to shell out $122+ for what would end up being an unusable bit of junk, possibly the most expensive pew bible ever made.

So, I chose to purchase the Trutone version from Amazon.

When it arrived (in May of 2007), I was really disappointed by the binding. I know that some reviewers like the feel of the Trutone but I was not one of them. It reminded me of what a bible covered with inner tube material might look like. I guess I like my bibles to feel grainy to the touch rather than slick and artificial.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By W. Larry Enzor on April 1, 2007
Format: Leather Bound
I am one of those who have been consistently disappointed with the quality of ESV bibles published by Crossway. With this new publication, it appears that Crossway has definitely improved the quality of their publications.

I love the fact that this Bible is in a single column format, as I find this type of format much easier to read. Also, the 10 point type is OK, and certainly much better than the classic reference format of earlier Crossway bibles. In addition, this is truly a wide margin Bible for notetaking.

There are 2 reasons, however, that I could not give it 5 stars. The first, as other reviewers have noted, is that the paper used does have some bleed through, which is unfortunate. It's not the worst Bible paper I've ever seen, but it's definitely not the best, either. The other reason, and this is a personal gripe of mine, is that the only Bibles Crossway offers that are sewn instead of glued are the premium calfskin editions. I just don't believe that one should have to pay an arm and a leg (MSRP of $195 in this case) to get a sewn Bible.

Shortcomings notwithstanding, this is honestly the first Crossway Bible I've seen that I could honestly recommend purchasing. It's great to finally have the ESV (an outstanding translation, IMHO) in a quality publication.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By BobA. on September 15, 2007
Format: Leather Bound
I just wanted to add this bit of information to all the other good reviews of this product. I personally contacted a customer rep from Crossway and they gave me the lowdown on the bindings -- glued or smyth-sewn.

With any Crossway Bibles, the -ONLY- editions that have a sewn binding are the Premium Leather editions. The only exception to this is their Journaling Bible, which has a sewn binding even in the hardback editions.

I believe that some of the reviewers here who may have criticized this Bible for having a glued edition were folks who purchased something other than the Premium Leather.

So, if you purchase a bonded leather, genuine leather, Tru-Tone, hardback or softcover edition you will -NOT- be getting a Bible with a sewn binding. If that is important to you (and it should be, considering the costs) you will need to get the Premium Calfskin Leather Editions for any edition of the ESV; if that is not listed, don't count on getting a sewn binding at all...
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Blackburn on August 25, 2007
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
Now that I've had three days to read over this, I give it 5 stars. The thin paper others complain of is just not that big a deal and when reading I don't notice it. The cover is buttery soft calfskin and the sewn binding is top notch. The single column makes for a very readable format and the text is quite large enough to see easily. It's not too thick and heavy, as some wide margin Bibles can tend to be. BUT, the biggest factor to me is how a Bible feels in your hands when reading it. Some very nice Bibles just don't have a good feel to them. This Bible feels great in your hands and is just a keeper all around.
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This is a BEAUTIFUL version of the Scriptures to read and to study. The fact that it was compiled by a cross-denominational and respected team of experts gives a balanced rendition in crisp, concise English.

The leather binding is BEAUTIFUL and STRONG. It is superb to smell, touch, hold and use. The sewn binding is quality craftsmanship. It is equal to the quality found in Foundation Publications NASB and Nelson Signature Series KJ/NKJ editions.)

I am concerned at the weight of paper used in this edition. There is more than a significant amount of bleed-through of text, almost to the degree that the following page is printed faintly on the preceding page. This also means that the generous margin (and space between printed lines of text) for personal and study notes is rendered unusable.

I love the English Standard Version and I adore the idea of what Crossway are attempting with this edition. However, a heavier weight of paper for the next printing PLEASE. I'll gladly purchase this edition at that time.

A printer friend told me that to avoid bleed-through, the publisher should use a light weight Bible paper which is "coated" (such as the high grade coated paper used in the In Touch NASB). This would solve the opaque issue and also ensure the ESV single column edition was light enough to carry.

If you intend your purchase for reference only, then go ahead and place an order. You'll enjoy and treasure it. If you plan to use the ESV as your primary study Bible (as did I) then perhaps purchase a cheaper edition for now and buy the calf-skin edition when the weight of paper is right, perhaps in a future printing.
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